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Long Conflict of Tondangow Farmers and PT PGE Lahendong Area
Residents Form a Special Team (Timsus).
PT PGE Lahendong Area Given a Time Limit.
“We residents here have agreed. If it is until March 30, 2019, there is no clarity from PT PGE Lahendong Area, then we will do something serious on the drilling site”
Maxi Mailoor, Chair of Timsus, a resident of Pangolombian Village
TOMOHON, publikreport.com – “Nearly 20 years the residents and farmers here have been occupied by the Lahendong Area PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE),” said Frans Daniel, Community Leader of Lahendong Village, Tomohon Selatan District, Tomohon City, North Sulawesi Province (Sulut) , Tuesday, March 19, 2019, during a meeting with the Government of Tondangow Village, represented by the Head of Public Affairs, Herry Kapoh.
Frans was not alone in conveying his wishes, he was with the Special Team (Timsus) personnel. This team is a resident of the land at Ranomea Plantation which is a geothermal drilling location with a code LHD 24 (by PT PGE Lahendong Area).
A long conflict between the farmer and PT PGE Lahendong Area seemed to peak at the meeting. Angry faces and angry looks. They hope that the government and DPRD of Tomohon City can be present in the midst of this prolonged conflict. Hope also for PT PGE Lahendong Area to pay attention to the aspirations of the farmers.
“PGE treats us like pimpong balls,” Frans said irritably.
Frans admitted, in the period of 2011-2013, PT PGE Lahendong Area had provided a refund for the damage they caused. Affected families received IDR 2-3 million, continuing in 2014,
“In 2015, they have broken the agreement, until now,” he said.
Chairman of Timsus Warga, Maxi Mailoor, stated a number of inconsistent attitudes by PT PGE Lahendong Area since conducting exploration (2008) to geothermal exploitation at Ranomea Plantation, known as LHD 24. According to him, damage to agricultural land and pollution due to geothermal drilling activities actually happened.
“We go to the government to ask for seriousness in facilitating the settlement of problems between citizens and Pertamina, which have not been completed even though it has been for years,” he explained.
They (Timsus Warga), Maxi emphasized, no longer talking about land acquisition or compensation. They are currently focusing on demanding that PT PGE Lahendong Area ensure the safety of their agricultural land and crops.
“We residents here have agreed. If it is until March 30, 2019, there is no clarity from PT PGE Lahendong Area, then we will do something serious on the drilling site, “he explained, while revealing because of the contamination of their plants even though the results have been heartbreaking, the waterways have collapsed so water is hard to come by .
“Plants that used to be able to live, now can no longer,” continued Maxi.
Regarding this issue, Maxi said, residents did not blame the village administration. “The problem is in PGE Lahendong Area which is not serious and inconsistent,” he said.
The Regional People’s Legislative Assembly (DPRD) and the City Government of Tomohon, Frans Daniel continued, were asked to be present in the midst of a conflict between the residents and PT PGE Lahendong Area.
“I suspect, of course there is something behind this omission. Just look at what will happen, if the March 30 2019 deadline is not responded to by PT PGE Lahendong Area, “he said.
PT PGE Lahendong Area, Timsus Warga personnel, Yemmy Wawo assessed that it was never consistent, never fulfilled the agreement.
“They should still compensate us before they overcome the pollution. But, precisely when the damage is becoming more and more, they actually eliminate that obligation, “he said.
The existence of PT PGE Lahendong Area, Yemmy said, had changed the situation drastically. Before the geothermal drilling, Yemmy continued, the conditions at Ranomea Plantation were very good, the ponds (ponds) produced (harvested) a lot of fish. Now, fish cannot live. In the past, rice flourished, even though it was not fertilized, now the rice became ‘unyil’ (dwarf), even though fertilizer was given.
“Lake and rice fields have been abandoned, because the water has been sucked by geothermal drilling. There used to be a lot of water even though it was eight months in summer, “he said.
The General Head of the Tondangow Village Government, Herry Kapoh, said that residents’ reports had been forwarded to PT PGE Lahendong Area.
“The head of the village (Sylvia Mawuntu) immediately forwarded complaints from residents,” he explained.
PT PGE Lahendong Area together with the Tomohon City Environmental Agency, Herry explained, had conducted an investigation. But it hasn’t been there until now.
“To be honest we admit that in that location there was indeed pollution and damage due to seepage of drilling activities in LHD 24,” he said.
Publikreport.com when trying to confirm the management of PT PGE Lahendong Area, one of the security officers at the guard post said that there was no public relations (public relations). “I’ll just turn it back,” he said.